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An underground military bunker could be yours for £10,000

PUBLISHED: 10:51 12 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:25 12 July 2019

Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the bunker Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the bunker Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

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Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel.
Pictured is the bunker
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the bunker Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

A former underground bunker and Cold War command centre is going under the hammer - and could be yours for as little as £10,000.

The bunker, which has a recommended price of £10,000 to £20,000 and will be sold at East Anglia Auction House, is located on the former RAF West Raynham site, near Fakenham, and includes a slice of history in its price tag.

Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel.
Pictured is the water tower
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the water tower Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Dating back to 1939 - when the airfield was opened - the bunker first served as a decontamination centre for the unwounded during the Second World War.

It was then upgraded to a command centre during the Cold War.

Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel.
Pictured is the water tower
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the water tower Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

But following the Ministry of Defence's closure of the RAF site in 1994, the bunker had been sealed off.

Now reopened to reveal a network of underground rooms, the bunker is being touted as a business property.

Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel.
Pictured is the water tower
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the water tower Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Martin Belton, from Swaffham, who works at the East Anglia Auction House, said: "It's the first time I've sold something on this scale. It's quite a feather in our cap."

The bunker is one of 44 lots, priced at £5,000 to £200,000, on sale at the site.

Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

A range of businesses have already seized the opportunity and purchased property, including Naked Kitchens and Norfolk Oak.

Mr Belton added: "There is a whole mix of tenants and we've had an amazing response so far."

Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the bunker Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the bunker Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

However, it's not just businesses who are moving in.

Jon Booty, who grew up in West Raynham, is two and half years into renovating a former control tower as a family home.

Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel.
Pictured is the bunker
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the bunker Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Mr Booty was drawn to the building as he has a familial connection to the site - both his parents were stationed at the former RAF airfield in the late seventies.

He added: "It's a bit like coming home again. I love it here. You meet and get to know everybody."

Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel.
Pictured is the bunker
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Buildings on the former West Raynham RAF base are up for auction. Lots include a former Cold War bunker and the bases water tower along with a chapel. Pictured is the bunker Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Brian Hillman, from King's Lynn, was attending the open viewing on Thursday, July 13, not as a business or home buyer, but as an underground site enthusiast.

As a member of a nationwide society which investigates man made underground buildings, Subterreanea Britannica, he wanted to explore the bunker.

He added: "Well, it's something to do."

The auction will take place at Dunston Hall Hotel on the Ipswich Road on Wednesday, July 17 at 11am in the morning.

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